Power Outage Hits Montebello; More than 5,000 Affected

Crews were working to restore service to those still without power.

By Brandon Lowrey
|  Monday, May 13, 2013  |  Updated 9:01 PM PDT
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Some 5,000 homes and businesses were without power in Montebello on one of the hottest days of the year. The outage also hit four schools. Whit Johnson reports from Montebello for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on May 13, 2013.

Whit Johnson

Some 5,000 homes and businesses were without power in Montebello on one of the hottest days of the year. The outage also hit four schools. Whit Johnson reports from Montebello for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on May 13, 2013.

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A large power outage in Montebello shut off lights -- and air conditioning units -- at homes and schools throughout the city on one of the hottest days of the year, officials said Monday.

Workers have restored power to many of the more than 5,000 customers affected by the 11:30 a.m. blackout. As of about 1:15 p.m., 909 customers remained without power, said Michelle Aguirre, a spokeswoman for Southern California Edison. By 3 p.m., electricity had been restored to all of the affected customers.

It is believed the outage was caused by an equipment failure from usual wear and tear, not heat, according to utility officials.

Temperatures were expected to reach 95 degrees in Montebello on Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

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